A lot of exciting gadgets get unveiled at CES and smartphones are one of them. This year we saw some expected while some unexpected launches. As always, the show had it’s fair share of surprises. Here’s a quick summary of all the big launches.
If last year’s LG G Flex with it’s bendable, curvy body wasn’t enough in the name of innovation, then this year’s successor will surprise you more. The successor – LG G Flex 2 claims to give out more of the organic feel and is ergonomically better under its curvy and shiny body. In comparison to the original G Flex, LG has made various improvements in its self-healing back cover. The phone is packed with the latest Qualcomm processor available for phones yet — a 2GHz Octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 pairing up with a Adreno 430 GPU and 2GB RAM. It sports a rear camera of 13MP and the secondary camera of 2.1MP. Thankfully, it’s running on Android Lollipop 5.0. Other features like 5.5” P-OLED 1080p display, improved Gorilla Glass 3, 4G LTE support, etc. are all loaded in.
Asus announced two newcomers to its popular Zenfone family – the Asus ZenFone 2 and the Asus ZenFone Zoom. Asus has chosen a regular specs bump upgrade model for Zenfone 5’s successor. The new ZenFone 2 now has a Gorilla Glass 3 protected 5.5” full-HD IPS display whereas the previous gen model came with a 5-inch 720p display. It is the first smartphone in the industry that packs in 4GB RAM. It runs on a 64-bit Intel Atom Z3580 Quadcore processor clocked at 2.3GHz. For the OS, it has Android Lollipop 5.0 baked in with Asus’s ZenUI. The camera too gets upgrade and the new model is now packed with a 13MP rear camera and a 5MP front camera. Other noteworthy features include multiple camera improvement tools and fast-charging technology.
The Asus ZenFone Zoom is a device for the cell shutterbugs. Joining in the ranks of other popular camera phones like Lumia 1020, Xperia Z3 and HTC One (M8), the Zenfone Zoom too boasts some excellent camera features like 3X optical zoom with 10-element lenses, laser auto-focus, optical image stabilization and a dual-colour Real Tone flash. It too runs on the same OS as the ZenFone 2 and the same Intel Atom Z3580 processor. With a varying internal memory option of upto 128GB, we’re sure avid snappers won’t run out of storage space. The company also boasts the ZenFone Zoom to be the world’s slimmest phone that comes with 3x optical zoom. Another smartphone dedicated to the needs of the shutterbugs is the Kodak IM5.
HTC unveiled two new devices – HTC Desire 826 and the HTC Desire 320. HTC Desire 826 comes as the latest entry to the 8 series. It has a 5.5-inch full HD display. Working on Qualcomm Snapdragon 615 octa-core processor and a 2GB RAM. Noticeable features for the Desire 826 include the UltraPixel secondary camera designed for low-light selfies, 13MP rear camera, BoomSound with Dolby Audio, Android Lollipop OS and a 2600mAh battery. It will be available in dark grey and vanilla white colours.
Lenovo’s P90 also managed to grab some attention as it is the first smartphone to house Intel’s 64-bit Atom chip. The 1.83GHz Quad-core processor is of Intel Atom Z3560 make, paired up with 2GB RAM. This 5.5” capacitive touchscreen device features 13MP rear camera and a 5MP front camera. The internal storage capacity maxes out at 32GB, while the battery unit is a large 4000mAh one. That said the device inhibits enough to promise more than all-day high-performance usage battery life.
Another Lenovo launch is the Vibe X2 Pro which comes as a successor to the Lenovo Vibe X2 that got released last year. Just like HTC’s Desire 826, the Vibe X2 Pro also packs a 1.5GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 615 chipset and 2GB of RAM. Vibe X2 Pro, taking its inspirations from the HTC Desire Eye, has a 13MP snapper as both front & rear cameras. It comes in a beautiful triple-layered design and an interesting selfie flash dongle that connects in the 3.5mm headphone jack. Dig that!
This year, all-in-all, we didn’t particularly find anything innovative in true sense but can conclude that ‘64-bit’ processors are the trend viz. for Android 5.0 Lollipop. Which one is your favorite of the lot? Do let us know.